Vampires, fairies and werewolves can all take a hike, as there's a new beast coming to Hollywood with much more in common with Harry Potter than any of those other creatures — except for its appeal to the teenage romance crowd, of course.
Variety reports that DreamWorks has acquired the rights to "Wicked," a young adult novel series written by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie. Aaron and Matthew Benay will write the adaptation for The Gotham Group, which will produce the film.
"Wicked" focuses on a young woman who — much like the aforementioned Potter — discovers that she is descended from a powerful lineage of witches. Things get even more complicated for the newly discovered witch when she falls in love with a boy from a rival coven of wizardry.
The Holder and Viguie-penned novel series consists of five books — "Witch," "Curse," "Legacy," "Spellbound" and "Resurrection" — meaning that the success of one movie could yield at least four sequels based on previously published material.
This seems to be a trend in Hollywood these days, for better or for worse. Obviously, the "Harry Potter" franchise kicked things off, but "Twilight" quickly followed with the first sequel "New Moon" headed to theaters in a few short weeks.
But others have hoped for the same success of those properties — Unique Features is developing "Shiver" based on Maggie Stiefvater's werewolf romance novels, while teenage faerie tale "Wings" is coming out courtesy of Disney and Miley Cyrus.
What do you think, readers? Too many creature-crush features or not enough? Have you read "Wicked" and will it make for a good film series? Impart your knowledge in the comments section or on Twitter!